'''The Taxpayers''' originated in 2007 in Portland, Oregon
. Originally a three-piece guitar/bass/drum combination, the band incorporates accordion, horns, piano, harmonica, and other instruments live and during recording sessions. Currently they perform live with a range from three to eight members.
They strongly support the DIY punk ethic
, booking their own shows, printing their own merchandise, and releasing their own albums.
The Taxpayers have releases on Plan-It-X Records
, Quote Unquote Records
, Useless-State Records
, and Asian Man Records
"The Medicines," a song from their 2007 album ''Exhilarating News'' is featured as intro and interstitial music on [http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/sawbones Sawbones], a podcast
about medical history hosted by Justin McElroy
and Dr. Sydnee McElroy.